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It is a generally accepted principle that in middle schools, smaller is better. In the absence of smaller schools, house plans have been invented to make them seem smaller. Despite the best efforts of many, most parents find it hard to see any difference between the old middle school and the one with the house plan. The latest PRIDE survey on substance use and other behaviors underscore the need for children to feel connected.

Now, with an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our children, the board of education, under the guise of saving money, is proposing a single, giant middle school. This cannot possible be better for our children than two middle schools. And in the long run, it might not even save money. Using Flower Hill for some ninth graders, as was done in the middle 1980s, reduces the need for additions at Schreiber, while adding flexibility for both schools. It also eases the transition to high school.

This board thinks this community wants the least expensive plan. I think this town wants the best value for its investment and knows how to judge that. But why not find out for sure? Give the community a choice. Some members of the previous board took their case to Albany to get a choice on the ballot. Now they have that opportunity. Do they have the common sense to offer the community a choice? Let's find out what the community truly wants, not go down the road to another disaster.

Larry Tietz


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